Regular moles are considered ‘normal’ moles. Typically, moles considered normal and benign are symmetrical in shape and have a clearly defined border. Regular moles will also be even in color and not have a diameter exceeding 6mm. In rare cases, regular moles may lack pigment completely.
Mole removal and cosmetic mole treatment can be performed safely on any regular mole. However, if a regular mole has begun to grow or change in appearance, a patient should have a mole examined by a medical professional before planning removal.
Irregular / Atypical Moles
Irregular moles are moles which are not symmetrical in appearance. Moles usually have non-distinct borders. Their thicknesses can and coloration can also vary. In most cases, atypical moles will also be flat, with a diameter exceeding 8mm.
As most people know, atypical moles are the most likely to develop into melanoma. However, it is important to note that not all irregular moles are symptomatic of skin cancer. Atypical moles are representative of a higher risk of skin cancer, and simply need to be monitored for changes in appearance.
Cancerous moles are similar to irregular moles. Most are also categorized as evolving/changing in appearance rapidly. In every case, atypical moles which visibly change in color or size should be medically investigated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Removal of regular and moles is completely safe. It is also safe to remove irregular moles. However, moles should be examined by a medical doctor before treatment.
Others may wish to have non-cancerous moles removed as a precaution against skin cancer. However, removal is always optional.
After removing a mole, a small scab will form in a treated area. This will heal just like any other small nick in the skin. Mole removal patients do not, therefore, need to take time off work. Nor will removal require any kind of prolonged recovery period.